A little over a month ago, “Saturday Night Live” said goodbye to the Trump era, and what followed was perhaps the most historically significant hiatus in the show’s history: In the weeks that followed, America saw a riot that broke through the Capitol; ; the second impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump; and the inauguration of President Biden. How does a late night sketch comedy show even begin to process this?
“SNL” opened the curtain in 2021 with the question “What Still Works?”, A question asked in the title of a potential talk show by actress Kate McKinnon. “It’s a new year and we have a new president to make some things work,” she said. “But you?”
Her first guest was Cecily Strong, who played Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican Congresswoman who picked up false conspiracy theories on topics like the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and advocated the execution of Democratic politicians on social media before she was elected to Congress .
“You represent the United States,” McKinnon told her in disbelief. “Can people google you and it will say that you are a real member of the US government?”
Strong replied, “That may not be the first thing that comes up, but yes.”
McKinnon conducted further interviews with Pete Davidson and played a man who called himself Derrick Boner and was identified as the new majority shareholder in GameStop. and with Twitter boss Jack Dorsey (Mikey Day) and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg (Alex Moffat), who were asked how the ban on spreading misinformation affected their social websites.
Day replied, “Not good. It seems to have forced these folks into darker, scary apps where their deception and bloodlust can go wild. “
Moffat added: “Basically, Facebook is still working. Not only does it help form online communities, but it has also helped people meet and connect in real life. For example in the Capitol. “
McKinnon also spoke to Kenan Thompson, who played OJ Simpson and who recently received a vaccine for COVID-19.
A puzzled McKinnon said to him, “Among the top three percent of Americans given the vaccine was OJ Simpson.”
Thompson threw up his hands. “Hey, guilty as charged,” he said. He paused, then added, “About the vaccine.”
Finally, McKinnon interviewed guest host John Krasinski, who played Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who was friends with Trump in the past.
McKinnon praised Brady for helping lead his team to the Super Bowl and asked if many Americans would put down roots for him this weekend.
“Almost nobody,” said Krasinski.
McKinnon said that at least she would support him, adding, “It’s not like you’re a weird Trump guy or anything, is it?”
Instead of answering the question, Krasinski got up from his chair and said, “Thank you for having me.”
Southern hospitality of the week
“SNL” anticipated Georgia’s new status as a state, which gave the Democrats control of the Senate in a sketch entitled “Blue Georgia”.
It was in a home coffee shop that now has avocado on gluten-free toast and a plant-based Beyond meatloaf. where customers and employees give their pronouns when they introduce themselves to you; and where everyone looks forward to sitting on their solar-heated verandas and sipping lemonade through reusable metal straws. And if you want to wash up in the men’s room, you have to find it in 2015 – the cafe now has a toilet for all genders.
There goes the neighborhood of the week
What looks like a friendly game night among neighbors in the suburbs of Covid is gradually falling apart when its participants are arrested by the FBI for participating in the January 6th storm on the Capitol.
Responding to the shock of fellow visitors, Beck Bennett, who played the first of several removed guests, said he took part in the uprising “because I care about our nation and its constitution – so I wiped jelly on a statue and Put Pelosi’s cell phone in my pants. “
“What else should I do?” he asked. “The guy I wanted to win didn’t win.”
Weekend Update Jokes of the Week
Over at the Weekend Update Desk, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che continued rifling over the Capitol riot, the stock market, and the Biden presidency.
Jost began with the words:
Well folks, a lot has happened since our last show. Some of it was good. The inauguration was nice. Christmas I liked Christmas. And hey, now the terrorist watchlist has white people on it. So yay for diversity. It is important to see yourself represented. And of course, it’s been a big week for my favorite Staten Island Mall store, GameStop. Because a group of people on Reddit figured out a way to get rich using GameStop while bankrupting a number of hedge funds. If you don’t understand how this works, it resembles the 2013 magical heist movie, Now You See Me – and I’ve waited so long to reference it. It’s about four outsider magicians who use the power of illusion to rob banks. And tonight, GameStop would be so unlikely to be # 1 in America if we could all team up to make Now You See Me the # 1 movie on Hulu.
What went on:
President Biden signed an executive order calling on US agencies to buy American-made products. Unfortunately, the only products left in America are tactical equipment for white militias and student loan debt.
Weekend update deskside bit of the week
Since its release earlier this month, the Netflix documentary series “Pretend It’s a City,” starring Iraqi citizen commentator Fran Lebowitz and directed by Martin Scorsese, has been a source of joy for some and a point of contention for others.
It’s also irresistible source material for Bowen Yang and Kyle Mooney, who appeared on the weekend update as Lebowitz and Scorsese – Mooney, who wore a pair of false eyebrows, was mostly there to offer overly enthusiastic laughter, while Yang made esoteric jokes like “Me ” triggered. I was so bored at home that I was about to get married with my cufflinks. “And” There is no longer any gender. You know why? Ed Koch has died. “Only in New York, kids, only in New York.